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400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist

Some 400 Viking objects were stolen from a Norwegian museum at some time over the weekend of August 11th-13th, the museum's director said Sunday, describing the loss as "immeasurable".

400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist
Photo: Universitetsmuseet i Bergen / NTB scanpix

“If the stolen objects are not returned, this is by far the most terrible event in the 200 years of Norwegian museum history,” the director of the University Museum of Bergen in southwestern Norway, Henrik von Achen, told AFP.

The items, most of them small metal objects like jewelry, “do not have monetary value attached to them” and the value of the metal itself “is also quite small,” he said.

“Yet the great and immeasurable loss is connected to the cultural history value of the items, which exceeds the monetary value many times over,” he added.

Thieves were able to enter the museum on the seventh floor via scaffolding on the building's facade.

The stolen objects had been temporarily placed there ahead of a planned transfer to a more secure location on August 14th.

“The (security) measures were not sufficient, we should have had additional security elements in place,” he acknowledged.

Norwegian police are investigating the case together with their international counterparts.

Meanwhile, the museum was surveying all of the stolen objects and posting photos of them on social media sites so “that the items become well-known and hence more difficult to sell and easier to spot,” von Achen said.

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Photo: Universitetsmuseet i Bergen / NTB scanpix


Photo: Universitetsmuseet i Bergen / NTB scanpix
 

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Young man shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo

A man in his 20s was shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo early Sunday morning. The police have brought in two people for questioning.

Young man shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo

The man who was shot was initially attended to by health personnel at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

One person was reportedly seen running away from the scene of the crime.

Police task leader Rune Hundere told news bureau NTB that the police have reason to believe that there is a relationship between the perpetrator and the man who was shot and killed.

He added that the deceased is a man in his 20s.

“We have spoken to some witnesses, but not many have seen the incident. We are working on mapping out the video surveillance at the site,” operations manager Line Skott in the Oslo Police District said.

Two people brought in for questioning

The police have deployed large resources to search for the perpetrator.

At 9 am, Renate Medby in the Oslo police announced that two people had been brought in for questioning, according to the newspaper VG.

“We do not think this is a case of a random shooting, so considering the information we have, there is no reason to believe that there is a danger to the public in the area,” Skott added.

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